“I do not want to be banned from playing the sport I enjoy for the reason that I’m working with a solution that any individual can invest in at their regional pharmacy suitable off the shelf,” stated the former Patriots tight finish at a press conference.

Former New England Patriots tight finish Rob Gronkowski, who retired final spring at the age of 29, lately announced that he would contemplate returning to the sport if the NFL officially permits players to use CBD.

“I do not want to be banned from playing the sport I enjoy for the reason that I’m working with a solution that I can invest in, or any individual can invest in, at their regional pharmacy suitable off the shelf,” Gronkowski stated at a press conference, Boston.com reports. “It’s that straightforward. I also want to have the alternative to get back into the game, and if I’m banned subsequent year, I cannot. You know you want to see me out there… I know you do.”

The press conference was held to announce a sponsorship deal in between Rhode Island-primarily based CBD business Abacus Wellness Solutions, Gillette Stadium (the Patriots’ dwelling stadium), and Patriot Location, a mall controlled by Patriots owner Robert Kraft. This deal will permit Abacus to promote CBD merchandise on a sign overlooking an entrance to Gillette Stadium and on a water tower that overlooks the stadium.

“We are not permitted to be inside the stadium itself,” stated Abacus CEO Perry Antelman, Boston reports. “This is up to the NFL. I know that they are operating with and studying option medicines to aid the athletes.” 

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This fall, the NFL announced it was forming two joint committees to study how healthcare cannabis could aid players deal with chronic discomfort. But the league will continue to prohibit CBD till it can contemplate the committees’ findings.

Below the NFL’s present substance-abuse policy, players are needed to pass a drug test in the course of the offseason, in between late April to early August. Players are not tested in the course of any other time of year, on the other hand, so usage of CBD merchandise is truly feasible in the course of coaching, preseason, normal season, and postseason. Nevertheless, lots of present and former players are advocating for the NFL to finish its prohibition of this non-intoxicating medicine. And, thinking of the truth that athletes are amongst the most more than-prescribed pros, providing football players the freedom to use cannabis could market higher well being all through the NFL. 

At the conference, Gronkowski explained that CBD assists him deal with continuous “agony” from chronic discomfort. “I’m not saying you place this on and you are going to be healed, that it is a miracle,” the former tight finish stated, according to NBC Sports. “But you can apply this and it’ll aid handle the discomfort, and then you can get therapy and it’ll be a lot much less stressful to the physique.”

In addition to banning players from working with CBD, the NFL prohibits players from endorsing these merchandise. Gronkowski presently endorses CBDMEDIC, a line of cannabidiol-infused topical discomfort and skincare medicines created by Abacus. The NFL’s present ban on CBD solution endorsement would avoid Gronkowski from returning to the game.